The federal Dept. of Education granted waivers for what educators say are some of the more burdensome aspects of the No Child Left Behind.
Starting in September, poor-performing schools will be called “priority schools,” those making the most progress will be “reward schools.” School districts that need to improve will be called “focus districts.”
Schools will be freed from the goal that all students are “proficient” in reading and math by 2014, as outlined in the original No Child Left Behind act. Failing schools will have flexibility in how they spend money to improve academic results of students, with a new emphasis on getting parents involved and taking a district-wide approach.
The cheat sheet from SED has all the details: